Homestay Testimonials: Steven Tang

Steven Tang
International Business
Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Favorite Dish

Katsudon, cheese gyudon, curry, okonomiyaki, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, and everything my host mom made.

Favorite Course

Okada Sensei's Intensive Oral Japanese class was definitely a very helpful class. Since I am living with a host family and doing an internship, this class helped prepare me for daily conversations I would have with my host family and co-workers. It was very useful and fun to apply what I learned in class to my daily conversations and definitely allowed me to carry on conversations in Japanese with more confidence.

Best Excursion

I truly treasured every moment I spent with my host family, so it's hard to pick just one to label as the "best excursion." I think the most memorable moment was when during my first few weeks in Japan, my host family took me to a matsuri. We watched the kids perform taiko drumming, my host family showed me how to do a prayer, we played some festival games and ate delicious food together.

Homestay Experience

Deciding to participate in the homestay program was definitely the best and most rewarding decision I have ever made. Who knew that I could find another place to call home 7,000 miles way from my actual home?

Of course, in the beginning everything felt a little awkward. It really does take courage to become part of someone's family, especially when they are in a different culture and speak a different language. But somewhere between our daily conversations and our exchanges of "おはよう" and "おやすみ," we really became a family! They truly made me feel like I was one of their own, and I truly enjoyed every moment I spent with them as part of their family. They even sent me messages over winter break and invited me to live with them again! Living with a host family really immersed me in the language and culture in a manner that I wouldn't have been able to do if I was visiting, or staying in the dorm, and I am truly grateful that I took this opportunity!